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Newfoundland Premier announces historic highway construction investment
March 27, 2023 By Don Horne
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey has announced an historic investment of nearly $1.4 billion to improve highway and road transportation infrastructure over the next five construction seasons.
“In my travels around the province, transportation continues to be one of the most frequent topics Newfoundlanders and Labradorians discuss with me. We all know how important reliable road infrastructure is to residents, visitors, municipalities, the business community, and the tourism industry. Through this historic provincial investment over five years, our government is committed to getting the work done to improve roads and highways for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians,” said Premier Furey.
This is the largest provincial investment in highway and road infrastructure over a five-year period in the province’s history.
This multi-year investment will allow the province’s highway construction industry to plan their expenditures each year and increase their workforce ahead of each construction season. Once complete, the investment will result in an increase in safe, reliable and secure highway and road infrastructure to benefit municipalities, residents, and the commercial and tourism industries.
The investment includes $225 million for highway and road construction in 2023-24. The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates some funding will be allocated for various federal-provincial cost-shared construction projects, which will increase the total funding and result in more work being completed.
Projects selected for the province’s roads plan each year continue to be selected based on:
- The impacts of climate change;
- Highway safety;
- Input from the department’s engineers;
- Commercial, industry, and tourism impacts;
- Traffic volumes;
- Populations serviced; and
- Input from motorists.
To date, tenders for 10 highway construction projects have been issued by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure for the 2023 highway construction season. Information on tenders issued and awarded by the department and other public bodies is available by visiting www.merx.com/govnl.
Information on active highway construction projects and repairs is also available by visiting nl511.ca and on the NL 511 mobile app.
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